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New York, NY – Girls Action Network, Inc. is pleased to announce and salute its 2017 GAN Scholars as new cohorts to the GAN Summer Scholastic Enrichment Program (SSEP): Kelcie Schliefer (Jamaica, New York), Ava Patino (New York, New York) and Jamiah Tolbert (Macon, Georgia). The scholarship funding for the 2017 GAN Scholars was made possible by Girls Action Network, Inc., Smith College and Wesleyan College. GAN is a grassroots organization focused on social transformation to educate and empower girls ages 11 and up, with special emphasis on those from underserved communities. At the core of GAN’s mission, the realization is that girls commonly are directed towards traditional careers, away from, for example, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Reaching beyond single mentoring, GAN Founder, Elisa Basnight of Capitol Heights, Maryland comments that "GAN strives to create a myriad of innovative programs and experiences, some in partnership with other not-for-profits and organizations, designed to show girls their expansive career and educational choices at a time when, research consistently shows that 'education for girls is one of the most effective – if not the most effective investment a nation can make to improve the health and prosperity of present and future generations.'" The GAN Summer Scholarship Enrichment Program is led by the dedicated efforts of Tangiah Royster, Vice President, Community Outreach & Scholarships. For more information, please visit
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Call for Applicants: 2017 Wesleyan Spectacles Math & Science Camp for Girls

As part of the GAN Summer Scholarship Enrichment Program (SSEP), the Wesleyan Spectacles Math & Science Camp for Girls, an academic program of the Duke University Talent Identification Program, provides opportunities to deserving rising seventh, eighth, and ninth grade girls from underserved communities, allowing them to experience engineering, mathematics, computers, science and learning through comprehensive, one-week summer program located at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. PROGRAM DATES: July 9-15, 2017. In addition to the application submitted to Wesleyan, GAN scholarship applicants must complete and submit an additional essay to GAN by May 19, 2017. Application materials are available at or in the PDF attachment. Questions: Dan Sexton at Wesleyan (e: or p: (478) 757-4035) or Tangiah Royster at GAN (e: or p: (862) 772-6833).
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Girls Action Network® is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping girls ages 11 and up -- with special emphasis on those from underserved communities -- become the best they can be.